The Lee-enfield No. 1 Mark III bolt action rifle was produced from 1904 to present day. World War I versions are referred to as an SMLE, an abbreviation for Short Magazine Lee–Enfield The SMLE Mk III* (renamed Rifle No.1 Mk III* in 1926) saw extensive service throughout the Second World War, particurally in the North African, Italian, Pacific and Burmese theatres in the hands of British and Commonwealth forces. Australia and India retained and manufactured the SMLE Mk III* as their standard-issue rifle during the conflict, and the rifle remained in Australian military service through the Korean War, until it was replaced by the L1A1 SLR in the late 1950s. Lithgow Small Arms Factory finally ceased production of the SMLE Mk III* in 1953.
The Rifle No. 1 Mark III fires the .303 Mk VII SAA Ball (.303 British) cartridge at the rate of of of 20- to 30-aimed shots per minute.
Rifle No. 1 Mark III
|Weight||8.73 pounds/3.96 kg|
|Length||44.57 inches/1,132 mm|
|Barrel length||25.2 inches/640 mm|
|Muzzle velocity||2,441 fps/744 mps|
|Effective range||550 yard/503 meters|
|Maximum range||3,000 yards/2,743 meters|
|Feed system||10-round magazine
Loaded with 5-round charger clips
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